Women's Cross Country Wins NESCAC Title - Men Place Second
November 2, 2013
The Middlebury women’s cross country team won its 12th NESCAC Championship on Saturday afternoon at Harness Memorial State Park in an event hosted by Connecticut College. The Panther men also turned in a strong performance, placing second overall in the 11-team field.
The Middlebury women ran away from the field, placing five of its runners among the top nine. The win was so convincing that any of the other top five racers combined would still not have beat the Panthers’ miniscule score of 29. Williams placed second with 51 points, followed by Tufts in third with 90.
Erzsebeth Nagy led the Middlebury effort with a second place overall finish in 21:27, seven seconds off the championship pace. Alison Maxwell wasn't far behind, earning a third place finish in 21:43. The Panthers owned racers 7-9, all finishing within two seconds of one another. Emily Singer led the pack in 21:49, Sarah Guth was next with a time of 21:51.6, followed by Katie Rominger in ninth place in 21:51.7. Though they didn't score, Katherine Tercek was 11th (21:56) and Summer Spillane placed 12th (22:07).
The men’s squad was edged out by Williams by a margin of 11 points. The Ephs took home the title with 51, followed by Middlebury (62) and Tufts (103).
Greg Krathwohl led the men’s effort with a fourth place finish in 24:52, 18 seconds off the winning time. Nate Sans earned a top 10 finish in seventh with a time of 25:02, followed by Wilder Schaaf in 11th place (25:14). Kevin Wood held down the 13th slot for the Panthers with a time of 25:16, while Sebastian Matt rounded out the scorers with a 27th place effort (25:40).